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Computation of Interaction Between Deepwater Risers: Collision Statistics and Stress Analysis

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Kjell Herfjord

Norsk Hydro O&E Research Centre, Bergen, Norway

Tore Holmås

MARINTEK, Trondheim, Norway

Bernt Leira

NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Mads Bryndum

DHI Water and Environment, Horsholm, Denmark

Tor Hanson

Norsk Hydro O&E Research Centre, Trondheim, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2002-28152, pp. 299-305; 7 pages
  • ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1
  • Oslo, Norway, June 23–28, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3611-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3599-5
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


A methodology for computing the dynamics of interacting risers is presented. During the time simulations, riser impacts (if any) are recorded. The relative velocity and angle between the axes of the risers are recorded at each hit, so that the actual stress and accumulated fatigue damage may be computed in a post-processing operation. Detailed material properties, such as properties of coating, the actual composite material properties, etc. are used in that process. The methodology is based on a pre-established database of forces acting on the cylinders. At each time step, all riser elements are loaded with a combination of in-line and transverse forces, depending on local relative distance to the neighbouring riser. This imply that the methodology is based on quasi-static assumptions. The paper presents a validation of the computed force database by comparison with measured results. Examples of results from simulation with top tensioned risers on a TLP are given.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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